Maybe you’ve known for awhile, as I have, that I’ve outgrown this blog. What I haven’t known, what I’ve been trying to figure out, is what to do with it.
For now I’ve archived everything, and eventually this blog will probably disappear, but I didn’t want to do that without saying goodbye, and also giving you something.
Even though new content has been sparse these past couple years, I have continued to receive emails from people now and then, and they were almost always about the recipes I had posted here. Some told me stories of how their mother or grandmother had passed on, taking all the family recipes with her and that my blog had reconnected them with some of what they had lost, or how they had cooked a dish for their partner which brought them back to their childhood in El Salvador. Some people make the recipes for their children so they can stay connected to the culture and traditions. So it is in that spirit that I leave you with Lopez Family Recipes: Recipes from a Salvadoran American home. Please feel free to download it and print it for your personal use.
Some of the recipes included are ones I have learned from my suegra (mother-in-law) as I shared my kitchen with her for over ten years, some I learned from friends who also happened to be Salvadoran. Many recipes I have learned by piecing together recipes from Salvadoran cookbooks I carefully translated from Spanish, videos made by Salvadoran home cooks, online research, trips to El Salvador, interviewing friends, and my husband’s nostalgic memories.
I do not, and will never, claim to be an “authority” of any type on Salvadoran cuisine, but Salvadoran recipes in English are hard to come by so I want this resource to live on in some way for those who need it.
Lastly, I want to thank you for the years of thoughtful discussion, kindness, encouragement, and knowledge that you shared with me. Thank you for sharing your own personal stories with me as I shared mine.
Wishing you all health, and happiness.